Newcastle Youth Council podcast looks the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they’re being put into action in Newcastle.
They explore the ways local people and organisations are working towards a healthier planet, find out how communities are coming together and building better relationships, de-stigmatizing mental heath issues and creating a more equitable society.
They talk to young entrepreneurs bringing environmental and socials impacts into their business and look at the how building relationships and working together with different organisations can have a huge impact in improving people’s lives and the environment.
Available via Omny or your favourite podcast streaming app.
Wednesday 25th November 2020
10am to 11:00am
Presented by Sustainability Advantage | Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs apply to all countries and promote action on climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.
The SDGs provide the ideal platform to promote and integrate sustainable outcomes and objectives into council strategies, plans, policies and operations. While many councils are already engaged in this process, this guide provides a framework for an inclusive and participatory approach to help councils more effectively achieve this integration.
Sustainability Advantage engaged SD Strategies to develop a guide is to help council executives, staff and councillors understand and integrate the SDGs into council strategies, plans, policies and operations.
Sonja works to encourage, empower and support organisations become sustainability leaders and has 27 years’ experience in environmental, WHS and social impact auditing, gap analysis, stakeholder consultation, training, risk management and strategy development. Prior to starting her own consultancy business in 1999, Sonja worked as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) for two local councils in the greater Hunter region. As a consultant she has worked extensively with local councils across Australia to develop and implement sustainability strategies, and has trained hundreds of local government authorised officers on their powers and responsibilities under environmental protection legislation. Sonja understands the pressures placed on local government to manage and mitigate sustainability issues and impacts. She believes the SDGs provide the ideal platform for councils to better understand and address sustainability issues and streamline processes and resources to meet community and broader stakeholder expectations.
Jenny is an Environmental Sustainability Officer at Wollongong City Council. Jenny has a wide range of experience in Local Government, working in waste education/coordination roles at Sutherland and Hurstville Councils from 2000 until joining Wollongong in the sustainability area in 2007. Jenny’s experience includes waste, environmental and sustainability planning, policy and education. Most recently Jenny undertook an extensive community engagement program to ask the community what was important to them in relation to sustainability and climate change and what a new Sustainability Strategy should look like. Aboriginal commentary and art were also included in the Strategy in addition to reference to corresponding SDGs.
Melinda is Regional Policy and Program Manager (Environment) at the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils. Melinda has a range of experience having worked in a number of manager and specialist roles across six councils since 1997, including most recently in our own Upper Hunter Shire Council. Mel’s environmental management experience includes environmental planning and policy, coastal management, floodplain management, catchment and estuary management, environmental education and biodiversity conservation. More broadly her local government experience also includes Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R), capital works management, enterprise risk management, business continuity, community engagement and service improvement.
This webinar provided the audience with:
- A better understanding of the SDGs and their relevance to councils and community
- An appreciation of the council’s sphere of influence across the SDGs
- An understanding of how to integrate SDGs into decision-making processes
- a process for engaging councillors, executives, managers, staff and community in localising the SDGs
- Knowledge of how other councils are linking practices to the SDGs and monitoring and reporting on outcomes across the 17 goals.
Monday 9 November | 11am – 12pm
Presented by Plastic Police®
Hosted by Central Coast Council
Lexi Crouch, Sustainability and Education Officer at Plastic Police, talked about all things soft plastic in this webinar hosted by Central Coast Council. Lexi discussed the problems with soft plastic, the solutions and exciting innovations happening across Australia.
You can view the webinar on YouTube
Wednesday 14 October | 5.30pm - 6.30pm
The Newcastle Youth Council brought together a panel of inspiring young Novocastrians working to shape a better world.In 2015, world leaders committed to achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. 17 goals, 169 targets. One purpose: leave no-one behind. Empowering youth to participate in SDG advocacy is one of the first steps in strengthening global commitments to achieve Agenda 2030.
The power of youth cannot be underestimated, particularly when they are equipped with the right resources, platform, and opportunities. While progress is being made, more young people need to be informed, educated, and empowered.
As the UN Secretary-General stated: “I do not agree that young people are the leaders of tomorrow. More and more they are the leaders of today”.
Mel McCabe is the founder and director of Corethics Consultancy, an international social enterprise working with the tourism and fashion industries in Bali to develop best practice certification around water depletion, pollution and land rights. Mel founded Corethics in 2016 after attending a workshop at the University of Newcastle where she was awarded a grant of $5000 to launch the project. Since then Corethics has built numerous partnerships and worked with communities both in Australia and Indonesia to build awareness of the issues and promote sustainable practices at home and overseas.
Liam Scanlan is one of Newcastle's most prominent young business professionals. Launching his brand 'Eat Your Water' in early 2016, Liam has since collaborated on a multitude of projects that aim to support local and national Non-For-Profits. Through his efforts in creating positive change through his socially aware brand, Liam has since been awarded Student Entrepreneur of The Year in 2019 and is an active Ma & Morley Scholar. His internal project, 'Planet + People' promotes his strive to nurture Australia's unique environment and community. Liam has built a progressive enterprise that creates with a conscience, epitomising his mission to create social and environmental positive change
Elyssia is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and has a Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice in March 2019.
Elyssia was recognised as an emerging leader by Humanitarian Affairs Asia and gained selection to travel to Bangkok for the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium to promote awareness of global citizenship, social justice and the SDGs. Shortly after, Elyssia returned to Bangkok for the Emerging Leaders Peace Summit and was appointed a United Nations Peace Ambassador. She has held a number of positions advocating for social justice and sustainability including Director of Social Justice with the University of Newcastle Law Students Association and Executive Secretary of the Newcastle United Nations Society. In recognition of her commitment to global issues, she was awarded the UON Global Student of the Year in 2019, a Ma and Morley Scholarship, and a Global Voices Scholarship to attend the United Nations Climate Talks in 2019.
Amy is a local undergraduate student and one of the organisers of the School Strike for Climate movement (SS4C). When 15 year old Greta Thunberg inspired the world in 2015 by protesting outside Swedish Parliament, hundreds of thousands of school and university students around the world answered the call. Since their first rally in 2018 Newcastle SS4C has seen incredible youth-led action and broad based community support, with tens of thousands attending student-led rallies. Together with her peers and supporters, Amy continues to be at the forefront of a growing climate movement.
Ash & Kelsey from the Newcastle Youth Council
Miss the webinar? You can view it on YouTube
ZOOM WEBINAR | 29 SEPTEMBER 2020
With the world currently tackling a global health crisis, there is much talk about the impact on us as humans as we navigate our way through this pandemic.
Our physical health has been and still is a priority, however with the focus now turning to mental health, it’s become evident that the effects of isolation, fear and a constant state of hyper-vigilance will be felt for a long time to come.
With many organisations in our community currently managing the health and wellbeing of their staff through this uncertain time the Hunter SDG Taskforce hosted a webinar focused on SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being.
The taskforce invited Jonathon Holt, Acting General Manager at HNE Mental Health, Dr Brendan Flynn, Executive Director for HNE Mental Health and Minimalist Leader & Culture Healer, Alexandria Joy to talk about what they’re seeing out there in the community at the moment, the impact this pandemic is having on our mental health and how organisations can maintain a connected and inclusive culture regardless of where their employees are working from home.
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ZOOM WEBINAR | 4 JUNE 2020
Professor David Adamson, International Development and Advisory Services, Compass Housing Services, explored the SDGS and Social Immunisation.
With a vaccine for COVID may be some way off there is a world view this is the only protection against COVID. A better protection is to reduce the vulnerability to all pandemics by achieving the SDGs.
The impact of COVID has been extensively experienced by poor and marginalised groups. In New York the infection rate in poor suburbs is four times higher and the mortality rate also higher. Poor, black, older, homeless populations have been hit hardest. Its also the case that Low Income Countries have been hit hard.
So inequality determines the impact of pandemics.
Delivering on the SDGs provides a social immunisation by improving housing, health, education, diet, transport for the whole population.
ZOOM WEBINAR | 9 JUNE 2020
This webinar explored the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of Newcastle and Hunter businesses in the sustainable development of the region.
Leading business professionals talk about their company's SDG journey to date.
Speakers included representatives from Port of Newcastle, Hunter Water, Port Waratah Coal Services and CIFAL Newcastle.
ZOOM WEBINAR | 23 JULY 5PM AEST
The SDG Hunter Region Task Force and SingularityU Australia presented a conversation with Novocastrian Entrepreneur Neil Slater.
What Do Neil Armstrong and Neil Slater have in common? They both took a small step towards something greater.
Neil Slater has taken 'small' steps from the design of his restaurant to adapting their operations for a better future for people and planet.
This webinar was part of the Small Steps to Giant Impact | #AFutureByDesign Webinar Series
ZOOM WEBINAR | 18 AUGUST 2020
The City of Newcastle joined the University of Newcastle in switching over to renewables on 1 January 2020. Over the last few years the local climate change landscape has changed significantly presenting many opportunities for both businesses, government, educational institutions and individuals to make a positive impact.
Daan Schiebaan, Sustainability Manager, University of Newcastle and Adam Clarke Sustainability Manger, City of Newcastle shared their priorities and talk zero emissions, United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), innovation on climate action.
They discussed the role you could take towards future proofing our city’s sustainability and environmental future.
ZOOM WEBINAR | 22 SEPTEMBER 2020
Nature is critical to our survival: nature provides us with our oxygen, regulates our weather patterns, pollinates our crops, produces our food, feed and fibre. But it is under increasing stress. Human activity has altered almost 75 per cent of the earth’s surface, squeezing wildlife and nature into an ever-smaller corner of the planet.
This webinar showcased the significant number of initiatives happening in the Hunter region that aim to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
The webinar featured a fantastic line-up of speakers including Tania Reid from the Biodiversity Conservation Program at NSW Government, Angus Weingott from the City of Newcastle, Seth Williams from MySquester and Henrietta Mooney from Hunter Region Landcare Network.
You can view or download the full presentation below.
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